This week's TV Guides comes courtesy of 1981 with a cover featuring a trio of B's: B.J., Bear and Blonde. I was going to say "Bimbo" but that seemed a bit harsh. But seriously, her character's name was "Stacks".
I refused to watch "B. J. and the Bear" because my 6th grade girlfriend liked Greg Evigan. I wouldn't watch CHiPs for the same reason (Erik Estrada was another of her favorites). I know, it was unlikely I was going to lose her to either, but still... So no, I never watched "B. J. and the Bear" and yet I still can't get that dang theme song out of my head.
But let's go back to that cover. "Why TV's Black Reporters Feel Stymied". Really, TV Guide? Was that intended? Did the writer think he was being clever? Funny? By the way, it's a crime that's the biggest picture of Stymie I could find on the internet.
I didn't unfold the cover and scan the inside. But don't be disappointed. There's no pleasure found there, just a cigarette ad.
I previously mentioned the voluminous amount of TV I watched growing up. I can guess with 99.9% accuracy what I did Saturday, July 18th:
Superfriends, Bugs Bunny/Road Runner, Fonz, Richie Rich, Scooby and Scrappy Doo, Thundarr, Tarzan/Lone Ranger, Plastic Man, Weekend Special, Drak Pack, Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion, Francis Goes to West Point, Star Trek, Kung Fu, In Search Of..., Enos, Love Boat, Fantasy Island. Please don't make me tell you what I did Sunday. Oh, I wasted my childhood.
I joined a Science Fiction book club when I was a teenager. I was pretty good about sending those envelopes back at first, but eventually I got lax and books started showing up every month. Then I discovered if you just wrote "Refused Delivery" and put them back in the mailbox, they get returned to the company. Eventually, they sent me a letter that basically said, "Hey, how about if you just tell us when you want a book and we'll send it to you." Perfect.
"Beatles Forever" (Channel 9 at 9) features actors and singers of the day performing the Fab Four's hits. "The Long and Winding Road" by Ray Charles is pretty good, but it segues into an absolutely horrendous rendition of "When I'm 64" done as a duet by Tony Randall and Paul Williams.
***UPDATE*** Alert reader Grs found "Tales of the Haunted" on Youtube under the name "Evil Stalks This House".
That's all for this week. Tune in next time.